Question 72: What is forbidden in the Seventh Commandment?
Answer: The Seventh Commandment forbiddeth all unchaste thoughts, words, and actions.
Temptation comes from three sources: Satan, the world and the flesh. Temptation is being carried away and enticed by ones own lust. (Jam. 1:14) Lust is threefold: the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the boastful pride of life. (1 Jn. 2:16) When lust has been conceived in a persons heart, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death. (Jam. 1:15)
The apostle Paul wrote to flee immorality. (1 Co. 1:18) For this reason, Jesus said, when speaking about adultery in the heart: “If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. If your right hand makes you stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to go into hell.” (Mt. 5:29-30)
A believer cannot take themself out of the world but can limit what their eyes see and ears hear, thereby limiting temptation and being enticed by ones own lust. Do not give into temptation and do not resist temptation but ignore it; to resist temptation causes one to dwell on it which may give birth to lust.
No unchaste thought, word or action comes from God, for God does not tempt anyone. All temptation comes from three sources: Satan, the world and the flesh. Flee immorality because it brings forth death.
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